Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MARKOWICZ FINE ART

I am delighted to share the news - you can now find my work at Markowicz Fine Art, my new gallery in Miami. Markowicz Fine Art is one of the top 5 galleries in Miami. The gallery deals the works of internationally renowned artists such as: Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Bernard Buffet, Fernando Botero, Jean Cocteau, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Orlinski, Rudolf Burda, Idan Zareski, Yayoi Kusama, Antonio Tapies and Maurice Renoma among other very talented artists. I am very proud to be part of this marvelous group. I currently have bronzes on display in the gallery so please stop by if you find yourself in Miami! Here is the link: https://markowiczfineart.com/artists/marc-vinciguerra

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

12 000 COPIES

TEXT OF A THEOLOGIAN ON THE TRIPTYCH

Reading a text in Venice that the great american Theologian Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier PHD and Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los-Angeles wrote about my Triptych The Religion of Atheism. I had for many years an infinite admiration for her work and her revolutionary research in theology. Of course we recognize art criticism as a genre, of course we recognize also philosophy of art as genre since Schelling established it in 1804 but what about theology of art ? Lets try to define this new genre, theology of art: how the belief in the supernormal world influences an aesthetic. This definition is acceptable but a little too classic lets try a more contemporary definition, theology of art: how the death of God influences an aesthetic. That is a little closer. Now lets try a third and final definition of Theology of art: how atheism as a religious experience influences an aesthetic. That is exactly what I show in this Triptych beautifully explained and written by this contemporary theologian. The artist is seen as a new Faust who solves the too old and too insignificant duality between nihilism and religion by reconciling them in the religion of atheism.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

SPLENDOR OF THE ALPINE FELLOWSHIP

Thursday 21 of June 2018 at 8:30pm all the Fellowship was reunited in the cloister of the Cypresses of the Foundation Cini in Venice for Diner. This evening was the most beautiful evening of my life. I never thought that there was such a thing as ''the most beautiful moment of your life'' I thought that every moment is always mixed with joy and sadness. But not this evening. Under the cloister designed by Palladio I was honored this evening as a speaker by the Founders of the Fellowship in front of all the people that I admire the most in my life. As the founder was making a moving speech about our long friendship and what I have achieved in the art of sculpture as I was standing up, more that 50 writers, philosophers and art critics were in the cloister this evening. Among the people I admire the most at the Fellowship is Jacob Burda the founder of the Prize, since I saw him enter the door of Aldourie castle in Scotland 5 years ago when I won the Prize in 2014 I immediately identified him as a reincarnation of Lord Byron, Alan Lawson also the Founder of the Prize who is my favorite painter in this world, there are two kinds of artists, the one who tries to get close to his dream and the one whose canvas is equal to his dream to the point that you cannot make a difference between the dream and the work Alan is this artist, the splendid lecturer and art critic from the BBC Andrew Graham-Dixon who is an extraordinary mix of Erwin Panofski and the Monty Python in his lecture you always learn the deepest things about art and laugh at his impeccable Victorian humour, the art critic Julian Spalding who won the Banister Fletcher Prize for his wonderful book The Art of Wonder, a conversation about my Triptych with Julian is one of the most beautiful memory I have during these three days, John Burnside the winner of the T.S Eliot Prize whose elegance as a human being is equal to the excellence of his art, then a wonder appeared this evening Nell Leyshon, the first woman in history to be accepted as a writer at the Globe Shakespeare theater in London, her improvised lecture was a masterpiece, Chris Prendergast who edited for 7 years the 1,25 millions words of A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu for Penguin Publishing House who revealed him-self to be a tremendous sculptor during my lecture,the warm and beautiful conversationalist Mo Ogrodnik who won the writing Prize this year, Jenifer Wakelin who did a sumptuous lecture on epistemophilia and of course Sir Roger Scruton the great philosopher of Beauty who has been the archangel of this fellowship since the very beginning. To be honored as a speaker this evening was the most important evening of my life. This evening my heart touched the sky. May be that is what the cloisters were invented for.

Monday, July 16, 2018

VIP PARTY VENICE

VENICE OPENING PARTY

Very proud to exhibit in Venice with hyper-visionaries Richard Meier and Odile Deck. Richard Meier won the Pritzker Prize (Nobel Prize of Architecture) and created the Getty Museum in Los-Angeles and Odile Deck won the Golden Lion in the Biennale in 1996 and designed Opera Garnier's restaurant in Paris called Phantom.My work will be seen alongside their latest projects.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

MY TRIPTYCH IN FINE ART CONNOISSEUR

Deliriously happy to see The Triptych of the Religion of Atheism in every news stand in America. The magazine calls the installation of the Triptych in Venice ''extraordinary''!

Friday, April 20, 2018

LECTURE ON THE ESSENCE OF SCULPTURE AT THE FOUNDATION CINI



I am delighted to have been invited this week to give a lecture/workshop on sculpture at the Foundation Cini during the Alpine Fellowship 2018. I am extremely fortunate to speak about the essence of sculpture to a cenacle of such beautiful minds. I am very moved to receive my fifth invitation, the Fellows are sacred to me. This is a view of the Foundation Cini through the Palazzo Ducale, this Island will be closed to the public and ours for three days.









Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

MY ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE FLORENTINE MAGAZINE



It has been a real pleasure to write this article for the Florentine magazine. To read the article click on the following link and be directly on the site of the magazine :http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2017/11/contemporary-art-new-conformism/ or you can read a copy of the article below.


Is contemporary art a new conformism?

Thoughts sparked by Urs Fischer’s Big Clay#4 in Florence

Marc Vinciguerra
NOVEMBER 28, 2017 - 11:19 
You will no doubt have noticed Urs Fischer’s contemporary sculpture, Big Clay#4, in piazza della Signoria. Placed not far from the Perseus that Benvenuto Cellini created in the sixteenth century, you might be wondering how—or possibly even—why Mr. Fischer’s contemporary piece is exhibited in such a historical location. 
  
When Cellini, a jeweler, was in his forties he wanted to be a sculptor, yet nobody took him seriously. As he finished his new masterpiece, the Duke of Florence asked the public to decide its destiny. Citizens were requested to write anonymous messages and stick them on the pedestal of the statue, a “Post-it note” vote. When the piece was unveiled the crowd rushed towards the pedestal, eager to have their opinion heard. When the Duke revealed the results it was found that the jeweler-turned-sculptor had won over the crowd: his bronze was judged a masterpiece. 
  
Five centuries later, Perseus continues to dazzle crowds. Surviving the ultimate test of public judgment, Cellini’s piece squarely earned its place in history.  The endless artistic dialogue remains relevant because of the vast number of people who love walking by, pausing to breathe it in as they go about their daily duties. 
Summarizing the buzz among current citizens of Florence, if such a vote was given today, in true Florentine manner, Big Clay #4 would have not stayed more than three hours in piazza della Signoria.
  
There is something profoundly optimistic about the idea that a civilization is capable of judging the quality of the art that it produces. In his book The Artwork of the Future Richard Wagner explains that great art comes from life and not from concepts, and therefore the crowd is the most qualified body of individuals to recognize greatness in art, a body of individuals he calls the “Volk.” Which essentially means that you, me and our peers are the only meaningful art critics of our civilization. Summarizing the buzz among current citizens of Florence, if such a vote was given today, in true Florentine manner, Big Clay #4 would have not stayed more than three hours in piazza della Signoria. 
  
This is the moment where the contemporary artist pipes up: “My work is not meant to be understood. It is avant-garde.” An underlying problem exists with this reasoning. In my opinion, the statue is not a provocation; it’s the biggest and loudest act of conformism. If you take just three of the popular contemporary artists whose enormous sculptures regularly pop up in city centers: Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy and Urs Fischer, you are faced with a representation of the biggest conformists of today. These artists have mastered the “formula” of contemporary art. To be contemporary you have to pretend that the past did not exist. You have to create something that has no meaning, little technique (most are not actually fabricated by the artist), and preferably be disconnected with the history of ideas. You must create something large, for the sheer size mimics power, and it must desecrate something that has meaning, value and hope, like the beloved piazza della Signoria. The goal of the contemporary conformists, if they have one, is to desacralize anything that has meaning, history, beauty and knowledge. The pure size and prominent placement suggests if you don’t like the work, it is because you don’t understand the genius. You might even think that your opinion doesn’t matter, but it is your opinion that matters above all else. Get out your theoretical Post-it notes and bring meaning back to art. 



Photo of Fischer's Big Clay #4 by Mattia Marasco / MUS.E
  
  
In 1917, exactly 100 years ago, this contemporary attitude towards art was revolutionary when Marcel Duchamp sent a urinal to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. What the French-American artist wanted was non-retinal art, which does not address itself to the eyes but instead would have other dimensions. It was a relevant act in 1917 because painting started to have no substance. One hundred years later and contemporary artists are still hanging onto Duchamp’s coat tails.  Repeating the same act for too long deflates the contemporary revolution and makes it redundantly conservative. Sadly, many artists are stuck in this conservative act, now devoid of meaning. Instead of being provoked, we are fatigued with the repetition of the past. French academician and philosopher of art Jean Clair wrote a book called Considerations on the States of the Fine Arts in which he writes about the despiritualization of art in the late twentieth century. He posits that the result of contemporary art is “an art where the human drama is banished, an art where the real is chased away (…) an art that completely lacks of existential drama.’’ In other words, everything that makes art great is not present in contemporary art. 
  
The art world today faces two conformisms: contemporary art and realist art. The former abolishes the past and the latter repeats it. The first is a repetition of Duchamp and the last is a poor imitation of Léon Bonnat, the nineteenth-century French realist painter. Where Duchamp ran away from realism because of its lack of substance, Bonnat fled from substance so that he might represent the real. These two extremes are prominent, yet art is nowhere to be found in today’s civilization. Why? The answer is in the question. We cannot find art because great art is the reconciliation of these two extremes. Form and substance are coeternal. Since Pythagoras and Hegel we have known that we arrive at the height of culture when two extremes fuse as a new unity that defines the real. We are now in this historical moment in art where we have two opposites poised to be combined. This void creates space for a new definition of genius: the marriage of substance with form, the hierogamy between philosophy and art, a new alliance of life and meaning. It is time to drop the wigs of Warhol and Bonnat on the floor. It is time to stop posing like one or the other and have the courage to paint a new definition of reality. 
  
What is art? For 2,500 years, every great philosopher has had a similar definition: great art is what reveals the essence of reality. Some philosophers, like the brothers Schlegel and Arthur Schopenhauer, even put art higher than philosophy, saying that one day art will replace philosophy to educate humanity. Great art is the revealer of who we are. A civilization without art is a lost civilization. The sculptures of some contemporary artists encourage a civilization where we are lost both individually and collectively. To mask the weakness of contemporary art, these artworks are placed in a historic square or within a nouveau museum built with a brutalist temple-like architecture. To compensate, the museology has become more important than the art held inside, hoping to convince you of the extraordinary. 
  
  
Jeff Koons' Pluto and Proserpina was exhibited temporarily in Florence's piazza della Signoria in 2015
  
  
Despite the conformist and predictable manifestation of reality art that has landed in piazza della Signoria, great art is still possible. If Marcel Duchamp were a young man today, he would be Florentine “Marcello del Campo”, easily spotted in piazza Santo Spirito with Dante’s Divine Comedy in his pocket and a large canvas under his arm. Upon inquiring about what his canvas held, del Campo would reply, “I am holding the canvas of the future, a new definition of man heralded with a scientific investigation worthy of Leonardo da Vinci.” His searching gaze would have already alerted me to the fact that his canvas was empty, ready to be filled with life. Marcello del Campo is the real avant-garde of today, someone who knows that substance creates form. He is as much an artist as he is a theologian, philosopher, poet and historian of religion; he is the Nietzschean dream of the Artist-Philosopher as well as the Artist-Messiah of Jean Clair. Through his art we see the structure of the real, not the desecration or the imitation of the real. 
  
Great art is still possible. For great art to rise again we must not repeat or negate the past. On the contrary we must articulate the past with the future to be able to create the present. In the ocean of contemporary conformism, a true avant-garde would create meaning in art that would be a real provocation in this reality civilization. This is not a time to desecrate but to “resecrate”, both in art and life. May the ancient Florentine tradition be resurrected, may the citizens of Florence be the ultimate jurors of what belongs in their piazze, heralding the spirit of Cellini’s masterpiece judged in permanence by Post-it. It is in your hands to spur a new revolution of meaning and end the neo-conformist drudgery. There is nothing more avant-garde than to participate 
in the evolution of humanity.



Marc Vinciguerra

Marc Vinciguerra is a sculptor and a philosopher of religions. He called Florence home for four years and in 2018 will exhibit a monumental sculpture in Venice. His work is an attempt to re-spiritualize art. He is a member of the prestigious Alpine Fellowship that reunites philosophers and artists at the Foundation Cini in Venice to reinvent the future of art. He is currently writing a book of philosophy on atheism

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

THE CINI FOUNDATION 2017: MY TWO WINGS







Sir Roger Scruton, Jacob Burda, Alan Lawson, Hubert Burda, Raymond Tallis, John Burnside, Maria Furtwangler, Julian Spalding, Alison Sudol, Andrew Huddleston, Michael Lesslie, Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen, Gillian Clarke, Marc Vinciguerra, Hubert Burda





                                           
                                   



LECTURE ON THE THEOLOGY OF THE FUTURE